Many guidelines and protocols are in place at the rink to keep the skaters and coaches safe. We plan to make sure that we are following the guidelines to insure that we can continue to skate this season. If things change and we are notified by the rink to change different protocols, you will be contacted and updated. Thank you for your patience!
Always try to make an appointment and ask questions!
Skates should be a half size smaller then your sneaker size. You want them to be snug but not painful.
Jill is a terrific teacher: she's very patient, her instructions are clear, and she gives lots of encouragement. In group classes she's great at handling different levels and abilities. I'm usually the oldest person on the ice (qualifying for Medicare and Social Security!), but I have fun and get a great boost from conquering my fear of falling and of looking foolish while all the kids do their jumps and spins around me. Jackie M
I can remember the way our daughter looked in her fleece jacket, helmet, winter gloves and hat. Her little leggings and her hair pulled back in a ponytail. We had signed her up at The Ice Skating Academy, for the Learn To Skate Program that they offered. My husband and I thought, “this should be interesting”, as she was invited by a friend from school to join.
Little did we know what was about to become…
She was drawn to the glistening, freshly laid ice, from the Zamboni. She observed each and every skater, the coaches and especially the founder and owner Jill. Jill was working with the hockey players and was wearing figure skates. Although Sophia, (our daughter, at the time 8 years old) knew not a thing about skating, she knew this woman was wearing the “wrong skates”, for hockey. She was fascinated. She stepped onto the ice, and joined the group of skaters. In that moment, something bigger than herself was born. I couldn’t quite grasp what it was until later. She started skating every Sunday at the Learn To Skate Program, she joined the next group of skaters, which is where she met Coach Kendra. Coach Kendra’s kind and positive words of affirmation to Sophia, grew the love she had for skating. We watched weekly as she grew as a skater but more importantly grew in her confidence.
Skating is not like other sports where you rely on teammates to help you achieve your personal gains and wins. Skating is about conquering the inner voice that says, “It’s too hard”, silencing the inner voice yelling, “You WILL NOT!”, and demanding better of yourself every, single, time you step onto the ice. Knowing how to overthrow the person you where the last time you stepped on the ice is a mental challenge. It’s you against you. It’s the one sport that I’ve had the privilege to watch, where an individual learns independence, gains self confidence, their innovation becomes more efficient, they learn to actively listen, which builds trust in their relationships. Skating contributes so much to Sophia’s life, and it’s all because of The Learn To Skate Program that the ISA offers. My husband Steven and I cannot say enough good about Jill and all her coaches.
Today, Sophia is an 11 year old, figure skater, who now helps The Ice Skating Academy in their Learn To Skate Program by volunteering her time to help teach the little children to skate. In three short years, she is a part of what has made her the skater she is today.